NH Police Commission Racist Temporarily Defiant

One of the three members of the police commission in the small town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, has no trouble making racist outbursts in public, loudly declaring that President Obama is a “fucking nigger.” You’d think when that went public he might at least act contrite, but he’s doubling down. He wrote this response to the woman who blew the whistle on him:

“While I believe the problems associated with minorities in this country are momentous, I am not phobic. My use of derogatory slang in reference to those among them undeserving of respect is no secret. It is the exercise of my 1st Amendment rights,” it read. “I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse [sic]. For this I do not apologize – he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

And at least one other member of the police commission is just fine with it:

Copeland and another commissioner, Ron Goodgame, did not return calls seeking comment last night. But commission Chairman Joseph Balboni said he has no plans to ask Copeland to resign.

“I think it’s crazy. Bob is a very nice person, and he’s been very generous to the town of Wolfeboro,” Balboni said.

“He’s worked with a lot of blacks in his life. . . . He said some harsh words about Mr. Obama, and here we are. This woman, she’s blowing it all out of proportion.”

Yeah, he’s worked with black people so he can’t possibly be racist. I bet he even lets them use his bathroom. A meeting of the commission was packed with people demanding his resignation on Thursday night and he offered more idiotic excuses:

In the parking lot after the meeting, Copeland told one woman that when he called Obama “that f—— n—–,” he was speaking politically and not racially.

“The comment I made was directed at one single person. I have nothing but hatred for the president,” he said.

Oh, okay. Then that makes it perfectly fine, amirite? His few defenders were equally ridiculous:

Three residents spoke in defense of Copeland, and about four more applauded them.

“He got in trouble because he said this in Democratic New Hampshire. If he had said this in Republican New Hampshire, who knows what might have happened,” said Frank Bader, who asked why the crowd wasn’t equally outraged by racially charged comments from leaders of the Black Panthers.

Really? That’s the best argument you can make? First of all, the Black Panthers don’t have elected positions in your town. Secondly, you just admitted that Republicans are more racist than Democrats. Good work!

Oh, and guess what? Mitt Romney has a summer home in that town.

Update: Copeland finally did resign. And Romney, to his credit, issued a statement demanding that he do so.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Doesn’t Mitt Romney have different home for each month of the year?

  • whheydt

    Shades of the 1930s when those who with a strong dislike for FDR would refer to him as “that man in the White House”.

  • http://atheist-faq.com Jasper of Maine

    It is the exercise of my 1st Amendment rights,

    That is true. And when the Government takes action against you, this will be a relevant point.

  • arakasi

    Well, it’s good to know that Copeland doesn’t think that all blacks are n**s, just the ones who don’t meet his criteria for good behavior. Obama probably fails because he is a conservative Democrat, rather than a conservative Republican

  • tmscott

    I was hoping that someone would ask of him his criteria for a racist bigot.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I’m not sure that there are enough months in the year for that, dcw.

  • scienceavenger

    My use of derogatory slang in reference to those among them undeserving of respect is no secret

    Ah, the Chris Rock defense. Of course, there’s an important difference between Rock and Copeland…

    More importantly, Copeland has no equivalent word for whites (See Louis CK), which is why the use of the one for blacks is racist.

    Copeland told one woman that when he called Obama “that f—— n—–,” he was speaking politically and not racially.

    Riiiight, and when I call Copeland a dumbass redneck, I’m speaking anatomically, not intellectually or culturally.

    You’re a racist dude, embrace it.

  • scienceavenger

    I think it’s crazy. Bob is a very nice person, and he’s been very generous to the town of Wolfeboro

    So there are no nice, generous racists? Good to know.

  • colnago80

    IMHO, Copeland is a fuckken peckerwood.

  • gshelley

    He said some harsh words about Mr. Obama, and here we are.

    Does anyone ever refer to him as “Mr” Obama without being a crank? Even most people who don’t like him accept he is president, and if they can’t bring themselves to say it outloud can just say “Obama”.

    Using “Mr” instead of his actual title seems to indicate someone who denies the legitimacy of the president, but perhaps I am reading too much into it

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Obama probably fails because he is a conservative Democrat, rather than a conservative Republican.”

    No. He fails because he is a conservative n—–r*.

    * this particular convention somewhat disturbs me. It’s like saying:

    “She gave him a b——-b and then he f—— her up the a–.”

    I can see why Copeland isn’t a bigot. With a population that is (according to the story) about .3 of a % black, he prolly never SEES black people in his town. Gotta wonder how the PD’s been dealing with racist cops, though.

  • dugglebogey

    I also demand that all Black Panther Police Commissioners be fired!

  • dugglebogey

    Seriously, what does a black person have to DO to not qualify as a “fucking nigger” in this guys book? Getting elected PRESIDENT isn’t enough for this mother fucker!

  • Mobius

    Good for Romney.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523300770 stuartsmith

    “Copeland told one woman that when he called Obama “that f—— n—–,” he was speaking politically and not racially.”

    See, this wasn’t racist speech about a prominent politician. This was political speech about a member of another race. That’s completely different! Racism was just made up by liberals to silence conservative speech anyway.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    So, the word is almost universally despised by black English speakers, with a rather well-known history, especially in the US, but it’s not racist to use it?

    .

    Disclaimer: I have no intention of offending all racists when I say that; I only use “racist” when it meets my criteria.

  • neonsequitur

    I’m not clear on why Romney is still relevant.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @17:

    Because he’s RICH and the RICH are always relevant.

    The asswipe is gone.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    .@17:

    Because he’s RICH and the RICH are always relevant.

    The asswipe is gone

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Sorry for the double post.